Garden Theatre

204 Market Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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Garden Theatre

The Garden Theatre was opened November 6, 1916 with Mary Pickford in “Less Than the Dust”. It was operated by Max Gold and had 1,347 seats. It was later sold to Jacob Fabian. By 1941 the Garden Theatre was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. Still operating per the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook. By 1957 it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service.

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teecee on July 5, 2005 at 3:01 am

An Estey organ, opus 1485, was installed in this theater in 1916.

teecee on July 25, 2005 at 10:14 am

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View down Market St., Paterson, New Jersey, late 1937 Visible businesses include the Mahattan Hotel, the Hotel Alexander Hamilton, Bickford’s, and the Garden Theatre. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

I must have bad eyes because I can’t see the theater.

teecee on July 26, 2005 at 8:37 am

Looks like it was an adult theater in 1967 (posting courtesy of Bill Huelbig):
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tonyn on February 11, 2006 at 2:02 am

Does anyone have a picture of the Garden?

teecee on April 6, 2007 at 11:56 am

On page 67 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson there is a close up photo of the crowd in 1919 waiting to see “Passion” starring Pola Negri. Not a good view of the theatre. Caption states that theatre was built in 1915 and was demolished to make room for Hamilton Plaza.

larry on August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

The status of this theater should be “demolished” Happened many years ago

RichardDav on October 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I have a photo of the Garden Theatre from 1961. The marquee shows “The Longest Day starring John Wayne” Email me at and I’d be happy to send it toanyone.

rivest266 on March 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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